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One aspect of an online store that really sets it apart from others is the user shopping experience. There are several elements that can be incorporated into a store that allows shoppers to interact closely with the available items and with fellow shoppers. A deeper shopping experience will keep users involved and eager to explore everything the site has to offer. User accounts, social sharing capabilities, image galleries, product reviews and commenting, and other interactive tools create a dynamic user experience that will keep conversions high and allow a store to grow.

When thinking of ways to improve conversions for an online storefront, there is one method that is both easy to implement and often overlooked by storeowners. This is the concept of cross-selling and up-selling. This is an excellent way to appeal to an impulse buyer in a subtle manner to encourage additional purchases. Cross-selling and up-selling can be utilized by online stores of all sizes and types.

When planning to design and launch a new online store, it is imperative that you evaluate some of the big names in eCommerce to see what elements make them so successful. What elements of their online shopping experience keep customers coming back and keep conversions high? In this post, I would like to highlight a well-known online store and point out some features that enhance the buying experience for their customers – the Nike Online Store.

With the growing number of retailer becoming available to online shoppers, it is difficult to argue the influence of design on a customer’s decision to make a purchase or shop elsewhere. There are many aspects of an online store that will make it succeed or fail when considering online conversions. A designer will have the major task of ensuring that the store has the perfect design that is on brand, works well with the products displayed, and is simplistic and streamlined. Below are some major issues to consider.

Magento is arguably the most powerful open-source e-commerce solution available. Every detail and setting is completely customizable which let's the store owner tweak everything to work as they wish. However, because the codebase is quite large, the smallest changes can seem like daunting tasks to the new Magento developer.

In this post, I'll share some useful tips for developing and debugging custom code on the Magento platform.

Now more than ever, shoppers are choosing to bypass the store and make their purchases online. With the steady rise in online shopping, more and more businesses are finding the need for an eCommerce presence on the web. Those who already have online systems are making constant upgrades to keep their shopping carts updated with the latest trends.

Unleashed Technologies, LLC is excited to announce the launch of FEMA's website, www.femaflavor.org. The non-profit association, Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States, is comprised of flavor manufacturers, flavor users, flavor ingredient suppliers, and others with an interest in the U.S. flavor industry. They were founded in 1909 and are the national association of the U.S. flavor industry.

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There are many tutorials on how to add navigation to your Magento ecommerce website, but not a lot of tutorials on once you add your navigation how to display subcategories.

Step 1:

Open your text editor (Dreamweaver, Notepad++, etc.) and create a new .phtml file.  Copy the following code into your new file:

Magento is a feature-rich, professional open-source eCommerce solution that offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of their online store. Magento’s intuitive administration interface contains powerful marketing, merchandising and content management tools to give merchants the power to create sites that are tailored to their unique business needs.